With Germany proposing a new law requiring dog owners to walk their pets twice a day, there soon could be similar laws here in the UK.
Our furry friends need daily exercise, and walking your dog is a great way of getting outside, bonding with your pet, and exploring the great outdoors too. And plenty of amazing dog walks are available right on our doorstep.
Below, Shannon Keary, Campaigns Manager at Canine Cottages, reveals the five best dog walks in the UK, for a great day out with your pooch.
- Cheddar Gorge cliff walk, Somerset
England’s largest gorge, Cheddar Gorge is one of the UK’s finest natural landscapes – and our best dog walking location in the country. Cheddar Gorge Cliff walk is the perfect place to walk your four-legged friend. This four-mile cliff trail allows you to take in all the stunning sights of the gorge, as well as encountering some of the area’s unique plants and wildlife. Your dog is sure to love it too!
- Llyn Padarn Circular, Llanberis, Wales
Llyn Padarn is a glacially formed lake set against some of Snowdonia’s most spectacular scenery and is a fantastic place to walk your pooch. The five-mile circular trail is relatively easy and suitable for all the family, allowing you to walk through the Country park, Coed Dinorwig (an ancient woodland of rare oak trees), Vivian Quarry and the lake itself. You’re sure to spot lots of birds and rare flora too – what’s not to love?
3.Staithes and Port Mulgrave, North Yorkshire
Staithes is a quaint fishing village near Whitby, and this walk that takes you around Cleveland Way National Trail and across the cliffs to Port Mulgrave harbour is one of the best in the UK. With stunning views of the sea, quiet lanes, paths, and fields for your pooch and opportunity to amble through the village too, this is a great walk for a full day out.
- Hastings Country Park, East Sussex
Hastings Country park covers 600 acres of nature trails, wooded valleys, cliffs, and glens, and is a great place for your dog to explore all day long. The views from the clifftop are second to none, reaching across the English Channel – you can even see France on a clear day! It’s a great wildlife spotting route too, with Peregrines and Yellowhammers roaming the park. There’s no shortage of things to explore at Hastings Country Park.
- Castle Fraser, Aberdeenshire
There are plenty of trails to explore in the grounds of this fairy-tale castle in Aberdeenshire. There are marked trails, but feel free to go off the path and explore the area for yourself. The one and a half mile Alton Brae Trail is perfect for dogs of all shapes and sizes, allowing you to take in the stunning views of the castle and beyond.
Commenting, Shannon says: “There’s lots of talk about animal welfare and dog walking in the news at the moment, and getting out with your dog for daily walks is one of the most important things you can do for your pet.
“Our list of the best dog walks in the UK will hopefully help inspire you to take a trip with your dog and explore the very best this country has to offer. And if you need a dog-friendly place to stay nearby one of these stunning walks, there are plenty of accommodation options available at Canine Cottages.”
To find out more top dog walks in the UK, please visit: https://www.caninecottages.co.uk/guides/uks-best-dog-walks